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Athletic Department Mission Statement

Our Athletic Program is an integral part of the educational program of the school. The Athletic Department views athletic activities on the playing fields and courts as another area where self-discipline, focus, and drive are learned behaviors modeled by coaches and developed in practice and game environments. Therefore, the school’s mission of athletics will stress the following areas: To focus on participation, fundamentals, and basic skill development; to provide a positive athletic, social, and emotional experience for students; to gradually educate and develop the concepts of healthy competition. We will adhere to a developmental approach based in ideas of progressive acquisition of individual skills within team concepts so that student-athletes desiring to continue to play a sport possess the skills, knowledge, and love of the game to do so.

Athletics Department

Timothy Forberg

Athletic Director

Tom Burke

Director of Auxiliary Services

Spring Practice and Meet/Game Schedules

What should parents expect?

Coaches who focus on developing sport specific fundamentals. The scoreboard is less important than whether a participant is learning new skills and enhancing previously learned skills. Parents should support and encourage all participants when attending competitions. Parents should openly support and encourage all coaches. Coaches are involved in the process of teaching participants game knowledge and skills because they LOVE to coach. Coaches have the best interests of the participants in mind. As teachers, coaches also have expectations of participants and push them to achieve individual and team goals.

Parents should model proper interactions by communicating with positivity with all sports stakeholders: teammates, coaches, scorers, opposing team members, opposing teams’ coaches, spectators, game officials, and referees.

Levels of Competition and Program Development

  • Grades 4-6 athletics are developmental: the goals are to improve skills and knowledge of the game, to encourage comradery amongst teammates, and to develop sportsmanship in competition.
  • 75-minute athletic practices are held 1-2 times per week.

  • Interscholastic competition for all teams including league and post-season play.
  • 75-minute athletic practices are held 1-2 times per week.
  • Varsity Athletics
    • Playing time isn’t guaranteed and the approach is team first for the win
    • Attendance at practice is expected unless excused for injury, illness, or family emergency. There will be only ONE varsity team at each level
    • Behavior in practice and at school affects playing time
  • Junior Varsity Athletics
    • Playing time is equal and the approach is developmental

Athletic Teams

Fall Sports

1. Flag Football

2. Girls’ Volleyball

3. Cross Country

4. Pre-season Basketball Training (Boys & Girls) *

Winter Sports

1. Girls’ Basketball

2. Boys’ Basketball

Spring Sports

1. Track

2. Soccer

Recent Achievements

  • Grade 8 volleyball team finished 12-0 and set a marker that no team can ever beat by winning every set they played this season!
  • FXW Volleyball Green team’s grit and playoff determination was a final mark of 9-2 and a championship win for the 5th grade league.
  • The Grade 7 Varsity team ended the regular season with a 7-1 record and entering the playoffs as the No. 2 seed.
  • The Chicago Catholic Youth League playoffs were highly competitive as always and concluded with two of our teams — the Grade 7 Boys Lakefront and Grade 8 Boys Lakefront — reaching their respective title games.
  • With 303 athletes from 11 schools participating, The Frances Xavier Warde Track and Field teams dominated the CYO Meet last weekend at Hope Academy, winning the men’s varsity and JV divisions, the women’s JV division, and finishing third in women’s varsity!

Kind Words from Others

Regarding FXW athletes at the volleyball championships: “I wanted to tell you…yesterday, your girls were great. I’m not even talking about on the court. Every girl was polite, respectful, great winners and losers. Congrats to them. And a big shout out to the coaches. They were so supportive to both teams and very fair when it went against them. Just wanted to let you know. You always hear the bad but never the good as AD’s.”

Regarding FXW athletes at the football championships: “I, along with many other parents, grandparents, and ICSJ students were so impressed with the way your students represented your school. They showed a tremendous amount of sportsmanship both during their game and ours. When I spoke to them after our coaches gave their speeches and told them how impressed we were with their attitudes, conduct, and overall sportsmanship, they graciously thanked me. Each one of them looked me in the eye with sincerity. You should be so proud of these young men and women. Their words and action brought encouragement and kindness to others. Their Christ-like example is one needed for this world, and I thank the Lord that tomorrow’s leaders – these students – will be a part of it.”

Hey basketball fans!!

Listen here to a terrific The Rise Up! podcast featuring FXW grade 8 boys’ basketball varsity coach Erick Vigansky. Erick’s guest is Dave Severns, the LA Clippers Director of Player Development and Pro Personnel Scout. This is a greatly informative discussion of the development process from youth through high school, college, and the NBA.